“Special privileges to individuals who have in fact made a Life-Style Choice.” Thus spake Rep. Lora Reinbold (T-Alaska), demonstrating her commitment to efficiency in government by deftly working two played out falsehoods into one sentence. What she’s objecting to, according to a report by Amanda Coyne, is a new rule granting leave to state employees with a same sex partner suffering from a serious health condition. The Eagle River legislator claims LGBT couples don’t count as “family” and have “no legal standing.” The Alaska Supreme Court appears to view matters differently, ruling in 2005 that it is unconstitutional to deny gay couples benefits the state provides to straight ones. She appears either unaware of the Supreme Court decision or chooses to disregard it, Coyne notes. To assist her in her mastery of legislative statecraft, you, gentle reader, are cordially invited to provide Rep. Reinbold with your feedback. So do send her an email or give her office a call at (907) 622-8950. As an aside, we’re very disappointed that Rep. Reinbold has removed the auto-play of what could only be described as the thumping, piston-like beats of a gay porn soundtrack from her campaign website. It must have gotten back to her that we were making fun of it.
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